K-12 Education

Columbia Public Schools receives feedback on late starts

District spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said the district received both positive and negative feedback regarding late start days, but late starts were preferred to full-day cancellations.

As home-school numbers rise, regulation falls

In Missouri, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education makes clear on its website that it does not regulate or monitor home schooling.


Columbia School Board to name new elementary school

Columbia Public School's 21st elementary school will either be named after Luella St. Clair or Beulah Ralph, two influential women in the district's history.

Columbia Public School District plans to upgrade lactation rooms

The Health Department is funding the upgrades from its Healthy Eating Active Living Grant. Each updated room will include a comfortable chair, table, refrigerator and breast-feeding pump.

Low-income families encouraged to apply for refurbished computers

More than 400 families have received computers though this program in the past 11 years. Applications are due Feb. 13.

Arts website allows teachers, families to chart students' progress

Lee Elementary and Columbia Independent School are two schools in Columbia using Artsonia, an arts website that enables the schools to catalog all students' artwork. Columbia Public Schools is looking to bring a similar tool districtwide.

Columbia Public Schools start late again because of cold weather

Columbia Public Schools will use the two-hour delay option again Thursday for severe weather.

Boundary lines could make friendships long distance

A pair of parents worry that their sons, who are friends, would be separated when Columbia Public Schools shifts its attendance boundary lines to accommodate a new elementary school.

Parents react positively to elementary schools' new boundary lines proposal

The proposed boundary lines would determine the attendance area of an elementary school being built in southwest Columbia and would adjust boundary areas for the six surrounding schools.

Columbia schools start later due to cold

This is the first time Columbia Public Schools is implementing a two-hour delay to the start of school as an safety option during inclement weather conditions. Dismissal times will not change.

New Youth Advisory Council meant to help Columbia teens be heard

The Youth Advisory Council, for ages 14 to 19, will advise the City Council and weigh in on other youth-related issues in the community.

Proposed boundary changes would affect six Columbia public schools

Residents can voice their opinions on the proposed changes at forums from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Gentry Middle School and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Smithton Middle School.

FROM READERS: Douglass students learn through community involvement

Reader Skyler Huff writes about how Frederick Douglass High School students are engaged in their learning rather than just encouraged to graduate, and how it wouldn't be possible without the help of the community.

2015 Columbia Chamber scholarships open for application

Two Columbia chamber scholarships, Don Day Agribusiness & Bioscience and the Russell V. Thompson Scholarship are open for 2015 applications.

Former Columbia Spanish teacher wins lifetime achievement award

Jo Cunningham, a retired Jefferson Junior High School teacher, incorporated travel experiences into her 31-year career as a Spanish teacher.

Benton Elementary says 'no' to sweet snacks in school

School gives up annual candy fundraiser to emphasize new guidelines that discourage sweet treats and other unhealthy snacks in the classroom and lunchroom.

Smithton students begin programming robots to behave like humans

GlaDos the robot can recognize faces and speech, as well as sing and dance. Smithton Middle School students chose songs for GlaDos to play as a type of "robot karaoke."

FROM READERS: Columbia Independent School students support Heifer International

Students raised enough money to buy two heifers, three sheep, two water buffalo, two goats, three flocks of chickens, two flocks of ducks, a share of a llama and 10,000 honeybees.

Two incumbents file ahead of Jan. 20 deadline for Columbia School Board openings

So far, incumbents Christine King and Darin Preis are the only candidates for three-year terms.

MU engineers graduate to a full house in the Missouri Theatre

On Friday, 175 graduates from the MU College of Engineering looked forward to starting a new chapter — and having more free time.